Public Art

Public Art

The City of St. John’s public art policy includes art procurement, commissions of public art, receiving donations of art, and conservation procedures.

The City of St. John's has had an annual Art Procurement Program with a budget of $20,000 for the purposes of acquiring art for the civic art collection. The Art Procurement Program has been temporarily suspended in Budget 2016-2018.


The City has commissioned several sculptures, including:

Title Artist Location Partner

The Rower          

Morgan MacDonald    

Quidi Vidi Lake 

Elinor Gill-Ratcliffe

A Time                 

Morgan MacDonald  

George Street  

The Government of Canada

Terry Fox    

Luben Boykov               

1 Water Street

Parks Canada


The City of St. John’s has worked with artists to create murals in many neighbourhoods. The murals celebrate our cultural heritage and our oldest neighbourhoods. Our mural sites include:

McBride's Hill - Great Fire of 1892 Commemorative Mural (Artist: Julie Lewis)
(photo: Julie Lewis)


Duckworth Street West (Artists: Derek Holmes and April Norman)

Mural on Duckworth Street West


Mural on Duckworth Street near PrescottDuckworth Street at Prescott Street (Artists: Derek Holmes and April Norman)


Outer battery muralThe Outer Battery (Artists: Derek Holmes and April Norman)